So you’ve got a new nipple piercing and you’re not sure how to care for it…
For starters, let’s talk about showers. Don’t use a loofah. A nipple piercing will easily snag onto a loofah and you’re really not going to like the experience. And let’s not get into how much of a perfect home those things are for bacteria.
Don’t use body wash. Body wash, specifically the perfumes and dyes can irritate your piercing, which will delay healing and cause extra sensitivity.
Do not rotate your jewelry. Doing so will only introduce outside bacteria back into the piercing.
Make sure that when you handle your nipple piercing, that you’ve washed your hands ahead of time.
Never use peroxide or alcohol, neosporine or bactine on your piercing. These chemicals are too harsh on piercings and will cause a lot more damage than good.
Your best solution is sea salt soaks.
Start off by purchasing a gallon of distilled water. You can find this easily at your local grocery store. Your next step is to get your hands on non iodized sea salt. Don’t substitute this with anything else.
Once you have the two, take four teaspoons of the non iodized sea salt and mix it into the gallon of distilled water. Shake it up and keep at room temperature.
So, what now? Well, twice a day for the next couple of weeks, you’ll begin doing salt water soaks. Let’s say once in the morning, and once at night.
Simply add the mixed water into a small cup (no plastic) and microwave it for a few seconds. The intent here is to warm the water, so don’t overdo it. You do not want to burn yourself. Alternately, you can warm up cup of the salt water on your stove. Do not boil.
Next, take a q-tip and dip one end into the water. Take that dipped end and clean around the edge of one side of your piercing to remove any crusties or other buildup. Do the same for the opposite side.
Now, for some, they may think this does enough, however the best thing you can do next is to literally dip your nipple in the water. You can either use the cup or find a small shot glass and add some of the mixed water into it. Place the shot glass over your nipple, and hold it in place to keep the water from coming out.
Do this for five to ten minutes.
Once this is done, take another q-tip and clean around the side of your piercings again to remove any other buildup that may now have come loose. Dry off with a clean towel.
If you really don’t want to be walking around the house holding a shot glass on your boob, you can also soak a gauze pad in the warm water and place it over your nipple for the required time. :)
What’s the healing time on nipples piercings?
Done properly with quality jewelry, the average healing time will be six to eight months. However, it’s not uncommon for them to still be healing 12 months down the road. It can depend on your anatomy, lifestyle and clothing.
Speaking of clothing, ladies, yes, wear a bra or sports bra at night. Guys, try wearing a form fitting shirt. You’ll want to avoid your jewelry getting caught up on blankets while you sleep…
* Disclaimer: This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention. Image used is a license-free image and is not an original image from the author.